Succubi Are Forever by Jill Myles
Series: Succubus Diaries #4
Published by Indie
Published on: April 20th, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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SUCCUBI ARE FOREVER.
Tasked by the Archangel Gabriel, Jackie Brighton must find two more lost archangel halos before she's free of her deal. But she's not the only one hunting for the immense power the halos bring, and everyone around her has motives - succubi, serim, and vampire. It's a race to the finish line, and only one person is going to come out on top.
But will Jackie stand tall when even her allies are set to betray her? Noah Gideon is back, and he's never liked taking 'no' for an answer. The mysterious assassin Sophie is helping out, but Sophie has her own agenda. So does Jackie's newest rival, the ancient hetaera Phryne, who wants to use the halos to give a new world to succubi everywhere - one that doesn't involve their masters.
Every immortal wants those halos, but Jackie's not sure they're worth her life, or Zane's freedom.
But she might not have a choice...
Succubi are Forever has potential out the wazoo. Jackie, a succubus on a divine mission, answers to a vamp/fallen angel, Zane, and a pure angel, Noah. I have, of course, come in on the show right at the end. But the plot hardly matters here when the tone thinks itself so humorous and biting and often is.
The character that shines brightest through the law of “Sidekicks are More Interesting”, Remy, provides crass quotes / excerpts / advisements from her pornographic career at the beginning of each chapter. These colorful asides kept me turning pages even if they became somewhat predictable four fifths of the way through. She plays a lot with the art of titling the memoirs as well. By no means do these asides promote laughter, more like whimsy and for some, an in-your-face vulgarity.
The heat could not be more on, considering the succubus curse as treated here must be sated by coitus and other strange perversions that only a vampire could have.
It kind of made me sad reading the author’s note prior to really getting into the book and learning that this would be the last in this series unless fan opinion has since swayed her decision (feel free to note my oversight in the comments if it is). The ending and couple of chapters leading up to make no attempt to hide their spottiness and the pervading sense of whimsy kind of drops out.
As a love story I am not sure if I am completely buying it but as a fun worldwide romp I am. If only Remy’s character had been played up. She has this marvelous tendency to deflate whatever made-up tension arises (because, come on, let’s get real here; who is actually worried about our main character or love interest’s survival? I’m just in it for the titillation and there is plenty of that, for, at least, the first sixty pages, then it gets all “serious”).
|Recommended:||Bronze romp level|
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